Gift Ideas for Your Pet

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy buying for my pets, especially this time of year. Are you having trouble deciding what to get your fur family member? I’ve asked around the clinic for some ideas to help you out… here’s what we came up with!

  • Kong toys
    • They are great for cats and dogs
    • Durable and interactive
  • Treat balls
    • I like the Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball. My dog, Poppy, eats her meals with this ball; it keeps her sharp and occupied for a short time
    • They are interactive
    • It also helps to control their weight by spreading their meal time out
  • Scratching post
    • These are great for cats, it lets them use their claws and they enjoy being up high
    • You want to make sure they are nice and sturdy and that it is tall enough so they can reach up and stretch!
  • Water fountains
    "Gee Mom, this is the best water!"

    “Gee Mom, this is the best water!”

    • Kim’s dogs get to drink out of Dogit fountain and they love it (you may want to add some filters to the gift!)
    • They are great to provide fresh water to your pet
  • Chuck-It
    • A ball thrower that is helpful, especially if you want to keep your hands clean!
    • It’s easier on your arms and the ball can go a bit farther
  • "I need to eat this fast so I can go steal more from my brother!"

    “I need to eat this fast so I can go steal more from my brother!”

    Interactive feeders (like an anti-gulp bowl)

    • These are once again, great for cats and dogs
    • Amy uses a Skid Stop one to slow Mac (her black lab) down
    • I use the Aikiou Stimulo Cat Interactive Feeder for my cat Ruby to slow her down and to keep her occupied so she won’t eat from her siblings dishes!
  • Interactive toys for cats
    • These help to keep unwanted behaviours away and keeps them active
    • For cats, Jackson Galaxy has a great line of toys for cats (whether they be air prey driven or ground prey driven)!
    • Sometimes, just an empty box or a roll of toilet paper or a ping pong ball may be all you need!
  • Pet beds
    • Beth, Amy, Kim and Shelley like the large dog beds from Costco
    • There are great varieties out there!
  • A new outfit
    "Ok, you get one photo... that's it!"

    “Ok, you get one photo… that’s it!”

    • How about dressing them up in a new bow tie or t-shirt
    • Make sure they can move around well and that they are comfortable with it
  • Treats
    • Homemade treats; here are a couple of recipes you could try:
      • Carab Chip Cookies
        • 2 3/4 C white flour
        • 1 tsp baking powder
        • 1 C carab chips
        • 3/4 C butter
        • 1 egg
        • 1/2 C honey
        • 1/4 C water
        • Combine all ingredients
        • Bake at 450 degrees Celsius until the cookies turn a slightly golden colour
        • Let cool
      • Peanut Butter and Apple Cookies
        • 8 C whole wheat flour
        • 2 C oatmeal
        • 1 C ground flax
        • 3 1/2 C milk
        • 2 C apple sauce
        • 2 C peanut butter
        • Combine all ingredients
        • Bake at 450 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, flip and bake for another 10 minutes
        • Let cool
    • If they are on a special diet, you can try putting some canned food in the oven for a bit to dry it out
    • Keep in mind… portion control!

 

We carry some of these products and most are available at most retailers. What do you place to get your fur baby? Leave us a comment!

Melissa Robichaud, Veterinary Technician, Maritime Animal Hospital

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